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Dec 23, 2018; Foxborough, MA: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady looks on from the bench during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium. (Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports)

Dec 23, 2018; Foxborough, MA: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady looks on from the bench during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium. (Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports)

By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

Tom Brady skipping offseason workouts isn’t surprising. But one nugget in the latest from Ian Rapoport is certainly an eyebrow-raiser.

As was previously reported, Rapoport tweeted that Brady is likely to skip the majority of the Patriots’ offseason workout program, which begins Monday. It’s possible that he doesn’t show up to them at all. More surprising, however, is that Rapoport says Brady “may bulk up” as part of his own offseason program.

“When he does get back in the building, he should be a bit bigger,” Rapoport says as part of his tweet.

FOXBORO, MA – SEPTEMBER 07: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots yells as he runs onto the field before the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium on September 7, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Last year, Brady didn’t work out with the Pats until mandatory minicamp in June. The offense may have suffered in the end as it took a step back statistically. But that obviously didn’t prevent Brady from dominating against the Chargers in the divisional round, coming through in the clutch against the Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game, and making just enough plays to win Super Bowl LIII over the Rams.

For whatever reason, Brady is ostensibly looking to start the 2019 season a little stronger physically than he was in 2018. Ever since putting his full dedication into his own TB12 method, which emphasizes “pliability”, he’s looked leaner than we’re used to seeing. Brady is obviously in phenomenal shape, but his transformation has pretty much been the opposite of bulking up.

So if Rapoport’s reporting is to be believed, Brady will make his offseason debut with a little more muscle to him. He’s never been particularly mobile, anyway. So perhaps a little added strength won’t hurt him in the end.

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at matthew.dolloff@bbgi.com.